DAVID Edgar hopes it is third time lucky when it comes to keeping his place in the Burnley team.
The Canadian international (pictured right) has started two of Sean Dyche’s eight games in charge due to absences in midfield and defence, but missed out on selection for the starting XI in the following game both times.
He admitted returning to the bench was a source of frus-tration, after contributing to wins and clean sheets over Wolves and Hull City.
“You’re disappointed if you don’t keep your place, especially if you win, it would be wrong if you weren’t,” said Edgar.
But with Michael Duff and Chris McCann missing for the visit of Watford on Saturday through suspension for cum-ulative bookings, the first team door is expected to swing open for the former Newcastle defender once more.
Although Edgar has lined up in central midfield, following injury to McCann for Dyche’s first game at home to Wolves, and at right back when Kieran Trippier ser-ved a one-match ban against Hull – playing well in both positions – he is expected to return to the back four as Duff’s replacement this weekend.
And the 25-year-old hopes to make enough of an impression onDyche to pose the manager a selection dilemma for the trip to Birmingham the following Saturday, even if it comes at the expense of a team-mate.
“It’s part of the business,” said Edgar, who started the season alongside Jason Shackell at the heart of the Clarets defence.
“If you get the chance to play you do what you can to hold on to the shirt.
“That’s the main thing. “It’s still early in the week but Duffo’s suspended for the weekend so it would be good to get back in and get a game.
“But to be fair the back four and everybody have been fantastic lately and it’s a shame that Duffo’s picked up those cards because he’s been solid.
“But it’s opened the door and hopefully it’s a chance for me.
“I’ve played with Jason quite a bit at the beginning of the season so hopefully so it wouldn’t be anything new if I get the shirt.”
But Edgar admitted he would have no qualms about playing in midfield again, if asked.
“I love playing midfield, I really do,” he said.
“It’s a lot of running but I really enjoy it.
“It just adds a bit to my game if I can play there.”